Raila promises youth UN jobs, tax holiday and cheap loans in his 2022 manifesto

Sunday, September 19th, 2021 09:18 |
ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has said a Ministry of Youth will be created in the next government to address issues affecting young people.

Raila also said 7-year tax holiday and affordable loans will be introduced for enterprises owned by youth.

In a statement on Sunday, Raila also proposed establishment of Youth Commission which will advise both national and county governments on policies and programs that secure sustainable livelihoods for the youth.

"Ease of Doing Business in Kenya must begin giving particular attention to and providing accountability mechanism for how easy it is for young people to start a venture and build a business. The Tax Holiday for Youth businesses must be a reality, but that is just a start," he said.

Raila also said youth should have easy access to ICT, entrepreneurship training, and guidance and counselling on drugs and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS prevention among others.

"Maintain data bank on skilled youth, source support, including extending specific incentives to SMEs ran by craftsmen and artisans and ensure that their passions become professions, industries and jobs," he added.

Raila proposed a review of HELB Loan by expanding limit to reflect the cost of living in Kenya as it evolves, removing the interest rates accrued and CRB listing of the graduates.

"Design a policy for youth leaders program, both global and local by supporting 1000 youth every year with paid internship in UN and other international agencies across the world to enable them grow and be infused with best practices by developed countries," he stated.

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